My name is Michael White and I am the creator of the MPG Insider Membership website. From the time I started formally teaching music production in 2001, I came to realize just how much I always enjoyed helping others understand the art of music production and audio engineering. As each year passed, I found myself increasingly committed to teaching and inspiring music producers and engineers to pursue their dreams.
It is truly a privilege when one has the opportunity to make use of their experience to help others. It is with this spirit that I have created the MPG Insider Membership website. The intention of making public this list of credentials, is to help give the reader a sense of the experiences and perspective from which I teach.
As a professional, I have always shied away from the spotlight, letting that go where it is rightly deserved, to the artists, producers and musicians whose efforts I have been fortunate enough to capture for others to enjoy. Still, when I look back at all of the artists, producers, musicians and amazing experiences I have had, I have to feel incredibly grateful and blessed for what I have accomplished.
I hope that the following information helps lend a perspective to the content of this website. I believe that there are certain truths in the art of recording and producing music that hold regardless of the technology employed past or present. It is my belief that these truths are best gained through experience and witnessing them as part of professional music production process. I hope that the translation of my professional experiences can help to enrich the experiences you have with your own music production goals.
1986–PRESENT: Recording Engineer & Producer
My work through the years covers a broad spectrum of musical styles from jazz and classical to hip hop and rock on all levels of the production process including tracking, editing, mixing and mastering. In addition, radio and audio production for film including surround mixing.
1990–PRESENT: Independent Consultant and Technical Engineer
I have contracted consulting and technical engineering services to Solid State Logic, the largest manufacturer of professional audio recording consoles, including installations and training for the most prestigious studios in the United States including The Hit Factory NY, Criteria studios, Right Track Recording, Electric Lady, Sony Studios, NBC NY and private recording studios for Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire and Mutt Lange.
I currently provide professional consulting for the design/redesign of private and commercial studios including acoustic treatments, equipment purchases, technical/practical training and streamlined workflow for composers, producers and artists to facilitate maximum potential.
2001–2010: Teacher at SAE Institute in NYC
Using my experience as a full-time working professional producer and recording engineer in the music industry, I was able to teach from a place of experience. The experience of teaching has helped me gain a deeper understanding of the art of engineering and how to convey that knowledge to others. Continuing to record and produce music independently allowed me to relate the most current trends in the music industry into the classroom environment. I gained certification as a teacher in the State of New York in 2003.
2006: Author of Editing Audio In Pro Tools
Authored a book entitled “Editing Audio in Pro Tools” published and distributed by Thomson Publishing © 2006. This book is an interactive guide to the art of editing audio for music production. By using real Pro Tools sessions that the user can load into their computer, the examples allow a direct interaction from book to computer for learning the methods and editing features of Pro Tools software.
2002–2004: Music Supervisor for Poitier Productions
Music Supervisor for Poitier Productions Inc. Worked on the independent film production of ‘The River Niger’ a Tony award winning Broadway play written by Joseph A. Walker. Conceptualized, developed and produced the entire music production process from budgeting to the licensing of songs and background music used in the movie.
2000–2003: Engineer for OLN Radio on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network
Recording engineer and producer for “Adventure Center”, a live call-in radio show dedicated to extreme sports recorded at the Sirius Satellite Radio studios in New York City. Post-production engineer for all shows on OLN Radio including the recording and production of promotional ads for OLN TV and the live radio production of the 2003 ‘Tour de France’.
1989–1993: Staff Engineer Electric Lady Studios
Electric Lady was a springboard for me into the world of full time independent audio engineering. The clients, connections and lessons learned here have served me throughout my career. At Electric Lady Studios, I learned the importance of vibe, personality and professionalism to enhance the technical side of engineering.
1986–1989: Staff Engineer Right Track Recording
Right Track Recording was a hidden gem in the realm of world class recording studios in NYC. This was my first real recording studio job and guided me from internship to becoming a staff engineer. The lessons learned here were from some of the best music producers and engineers in the world. The base of technical knowledge and professionalism in the art of engineering I learned here, from staff and clients, was invaluable.
1982–1986: Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
B.M., Music Production and Engineering
|I’m Your Baby Tonight||Narada Michael Walden, Luther Vandross|
|Waiting To Exhale||Babyface|
|The Preacher’s Wife||Babyface, Steve Lipson, Mervyn Warren|
|My Love is Your Love||Various|
|Classic Whitney||Marty Callner & Whitney Houston|
|One Wish: The Holiday Album||Whitney Houston & Mervyn Warren|
|Until The End Of The World||Talking Heads|
|Sand In The Vaseline||Talking Heads|
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
|Friends Again (TV Soundtrack)||Lisa Loeb|
|Rei Momo||Steve Lillywhite & David Byrne|
|Uh Oh||Nick Launay|
3 Doors Down
|Singles for Away From the Sun||Brian Sperber|
|(Best Live)||Don Grolnick and George Massenberg|
|Greatest Hits, Vol. 2||Don Grolnick and George Massenberg|
|Tin Machine||David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels|
|Young Lions||David Bowie, Adrian Belew|
|Voodoo Lounge||Don Was|
|Never Let Me Go||Luther Vandross|
|The Best of Love||Luther Vandross|
|The Dolphins Cry||Jerry Harrison, Live|
|Dream Harder||Mike Scott and Bill Price|
|Victoria Williams Sweet Relief||Mike Scott|
|Greetings From The Gutter||Dave Stewart, Olle Romo|
|Bad Vibes||Adam Peters, Lloyd Cole|
|Symphonic Music of J.H.||Eddie Kramer|
|Stone Free, Tribute to J.H.||Eddie Kramer|
|In From the Storm||Eddie Kramer|
|Return of the Brecker Brothers||Michael Brecker|
|Now You See It…Now You Don’t||Don Grolnick|
Rubén Blades con Son del Solar
|Amor y Control||Ruben Blades|
|Another Hand||Hal Willner|
|Live From Electic Ladyland||WNEW|
|Forever [Import Bonus Tracks]|
|Hitting The Ground||Warren Bruleigh and Gordon Gano|
|Force Majuer||Joey Balin|
|Always||Babyface & LA Reid|
|Apt. 6S||Michael White & Sally Taylor|
Little Mike and the Tornadoes
|Heart Attack||Little Mike and the Tornadoes|
|Payday||Little Mike and the Tornadoes|
The Jeff Healey Band
|Hell To Pay||Ed Stasium|
|Making Every Moment Count||Irwin Fisch|
|Tattoo It||Daniel Abraham|
|Healing the Wounds||Marcus Miller|
|So Intense||Luther Vandross|
Chris Harford & the First Rays of the New Rising Sun
|Be Headed||Patrick McCarthy|
|Llegó la India Via Eddie Palmieri||Eddie Palmieri|
Sophie B. Hawkins
|Tongues and Tails||Rick Chertoff|
|Trey Lorenz||Randy Jackson|
|Keep the Fire Burnin’||John Luongo|
|Lite & Sweet||Po’Boy Swing|
|Laughing Man||David Yazbek|
Family of God
|We Are the World||Adam Peters|
|New Cruelty||Michael White|
|South of Eden||Michael White|
|There’s Something About Mary Soundtrack||Michael White|
|Kingpin Soundtrack||Michael White|
|Very Best of Deee-Lite||Deee-Lite|
|Strength In Numbers||24-7 Spyz and Terry Date|
Other CD Credits include:
Buddy Guy, John Forte, Faith Evans, Lisa Lisa, Ice-T, Prince, Madonna, Duran Duran, Carly Simon
Movie Soundtrack Credits for Michael White Include:
Waiting to Exhale, Preacher’s Wife, The Bodyguard, Joe vs the Volcano, Reality Bites, Singles, Hitting the Ground, The River Niger